Must-haves for Big Babies

Must-haves for Bigger BabiesSweet little babes come in a variety of perfect sizes. Many parents prepare for their newborn wondering what will fit in those very first days. The hubs and I came from families with big babies. While pregnant I was measuring on the larger side, too. I am no medical professional, and you never know what exactly is in that belly, but we figured our babes would show up…sturdy.

Our first was 9 pounds, 8 ounces; our second tipped the scale at an even 10 pounds. Most everything we received or purchased didn’t hinge on the size of the babe. There were a few products that we would have purchased differently looking back now.

These are great options for ALL size newborns, but especially for those on the sturdy side!

Muslin Wraps: I registered for a variety of receiving blankets for reasons unclear to me. Perhaps it was a combination of the cute prints, soft fabric, or registry suggestions in the store. They were too small for swaddling my large newborn effectively. Eventually, I cut and serged the edges into 8”x 8” wipes and hankies for use around the house. I received a pack of Aden + Anais as an unexpected gift. The large size allowed me to swaddle my babes effectively and continue through to toddlerhood in use. The light fabric was perfect for layering any time of year, even in Texas.

Cloth Diapers: Newborn diapers were almost entirely useless to us, as most only fit up to 12 pounds. We used them for several weeks at most before they became snug. Instead of newborn diapers, I’d suggest purchasing some of the multi-size options. We loved Fuzzibunz Perfect Size Small, as well as the size systems that Applecheeks, Thristies, and Bummis offer. Their Small/Size 1 systems fit up to 16-20 pounds depending on the brand. This offered months of use. We also had plenty of OS that our babes fit in quite quickly, though they were bulky. Having some of those sized diapers gave us trim options in the early months. By the time babe outgrew them, we needed fewer diapers each day anyway and didn’t have to really purchase more of a larger size. Our mix with OS was enough.

Boppy: I’ll admit our Boppy may have worn down in stature from pure use of it, but I wonder if having the heavier lad did not help to flatten our Boppy out more quickly. I didn’t realize just how much we’d used the Boppy until we purchased a second one and suddenly I nursed without my upper back aching! Having a second one of these is convenient and will distribute the wear and tear if you plan on using it long term. If this is your second babe, consider purchasing a new pillow to allow for the best support. We used ours for the first 9-10 months of life while and nursing full time.

Lynette Moran shares her life with her husband and two sons, ages 1 and 3 years. She has cloth diapered both since birth and enjoys all things eco-friendly and mindful living.

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